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Title of the Journal :

JOURNAL OF APPLIED SYSTEMS STUDIES Methodologies and Applications for Systems Approaches

[ JASS ]


The mission of the "Journal of Applied Systems Studies" is on the development of methodologies based on the laws and rules of various sciences. New designs and functional methodologies are composed for applications in business, operational and social, as well as biological phenomena. The objectives of the "Journal of Applied Systems Studies" are to widespread the science of systems and present the research and application results of its domain. As the science rapidly changes and grows, resources and time become more precious, "Journal of Applied Systems Studies" provides the very best information and analysis to keep up to date with the latest developments and approaches to other scientific domains, through the application of systems approaches upon them.

The "Journal of Applied Systems Studies" aims to: To provide a forum for the exchange of experiences and information of studying the systems and the methodologies, tools and products used to design, measure and achieve it.
To promote awareness of the crucial role of systems studies in the effective construction of the information systems developed, used, and/or maintained by organizations in pursuit of their business objectives. To provide a vehicle for the publication of academic papers related to all aspects of soft and hard system approaches.

The "Journal of Applied Systems Studies" addresses all aspects of systemic analysis from both a practical and an academic viewpoint. It invites contributions from practitioners and academics, as well as national and international policy, standard making bodies, and sets out to be the definitive international reference source for such information.

The readership of the "Journal of Applied Systems Studies" consists of academics, systems managers, computer scientists, information scientists, and researchers in applied system theory, as well as those involved in management, operations and political science in different scientific discipline i.e. Universities, Consulting Firms, Enterprises and Industries.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest to JASS include, but are not limited to:

Applications of cybernetics using the viable system model Applications of interactive planning methodology Applications of soft systems methodology Applied cybernetics in medicine
Applied living systems
Cognitive patterns
Complex systems
Conceptual systemic models
Control systems
Critical systems thinking
Culture of peace
Decision support systems
Dynamical systems approaches
Electronic service systems (Internet, Intranet, Extranet, Deltanet) Human-centered systems
Human-computer interaction
Intelligent systems engineering
Intelligent tutoring systems
Knowledge based systems
Knowledge ecology
Law systems
Multimedia systems
Problem structuring approaches
Project management using systemic approaches Religious systems
Semiotic approaches
Social systems design
Systemic metaphors
Systemic reengineering
Systems - metasystems and decisions - metadecisions Systems and design education
Systems approaches for information systems Systems thinking for total quality management Total systems intervention
Virtual communities

We seek papers that improve on the best academic research or the best practical applications. Submitted papers should be motivated by the problems they address with compelling examples from real or potential applications. Systems papers must contain either a new methodology or interpreted results through well known methodology(ies) on real systems or simulations based on representative traces from real systems. Proposals for special issues, especially on emerging topics, are also welcome.


Editor-in-Chief :
Nikitas A. Assimakopoulos,
Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus, 80, Karaoli & Dimitriou Str., GR-185 34 Piraeus, Greece. Email :

Honorary Editor :
Bela H. Banathy,
President of the International Federation for Systems Research & International Systems Institute, USA.

Editor :
Russell L. Ackoff,
Chairman of the Board of INTERACT, USA.

Associate Editors :
William Acar, Kent State University, USA. Paul Ballonoff, Ballonoff Consulting, USA. Bela Antal Banathy, President of ISSS and International Systems Institute, USA. Michele Barbi, Istituto di Biofisica del C.N.R., Italy. Bernard De Baets, University of Gent, Belgium. Frantisek Carkovic, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia. Tony Chan, University of Aizu, Japan. Alexander Christakis, CWA, Ltd., Interactive Management Consultants, USA. John Darzentas, University of the Aegean, Greece. Martine Dodds, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Daniel Dubois, University of Liege, Belgium. Patrik Eklund, Umea University, Sweden. Peter Erdi, Academy of Sciences, Hungary. Marta Franova, Universite Paris Sud, France. Wojciech Gasparski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland. Ewa Grabska, Jagiellonian University, Poland. Raymond Ison, The Open University, UK. Gyuri Jaros, University of Sydney, Australia. Cliff Joslyn, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA. John Karkazis, Athens University of Economics & Business, Greece. Manolya Kavakli, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey. Etienne Kerre, University of Gent, Belgium. Peter Kokol, University of Maribor, Slovenia. Petr Lansky, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic. Brian Lees, University of Paisley, UK. Yi Lin, President and Director of the International Institute for General Systems Studies, China. Vladimir Marik, Czech Technical University, Czech Republic. Abraham Mehrez, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Fr. George Metallinos, University of Athens, Greece. Gerald Midgley, University of Hull, UK. Toshizumi Ohta, University of Electro-Communications, Japan. Anthony Panayotopoulos, University of Piraeus, Greece. Luis Rocha, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA. James Rose, Ceptual Institute, USA. Gordon Rowland, Ithaca College, USA. Timothy K. Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan, R.O.C. Ross Smith, Deakin University, Australia. Karl Svozil, University of Technology of Vienna, Austria. Steven Totosy de Zepentek, University of Alberta, Canada. Lane Tracy, Ohio University, USA.


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Authors should send to the Editor-in-Chief via email ( the paper in attached file(s) using "winzip32" for compression, with a description in the body of the message, and by post a printed copy along with the electronic file(s) submission on a 3 diskette which should conform the following requirements :
1. Manuscripts must be submitted in English and spelling should be adapted with The Concise Oxford Dictionary. Original papers (not published or not simultaneously submitted to another journal) will be reviewed by three anonymous referees. Upon acceptance of an article by the journal, the author(s) will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the publisher which it will insure the widest possible dissemination of information under applicable copyright law. 2. The disk should be in IBM PC format; the files should be saved in Microsoft Word for PC, version 97 for Windows. Any other word-processing package will not be approved for submission. For artwork, figures and tables should only use the Ms-Office 97 package facilities and must be grouped and pasted, in the proper place, into the Word document. 3. Papers should be typed on one side of the paper. The pages should be numbered consecutively at the bottom centre of the page. The length of the paper should not exceed 10 journal pages (or about 5000 words), and hence manuscripts should not exceed 15 typed single-space A4 (printing area 14.7 x 24.7 cm) pages including title page, abstract, text, figures, tables and references. The number of artworks, figures and tables must be kept up to a minimum. Do not start a new page after the title information and abstract. Do not use tab for the first text line of each main section. Paragraphs should be both right and left justified. 4. The fonts (typeface) is Times New Roman. The text type size should be 11 points. Please use the page set-up command to ensure that your paper is prepared on A4 size paper (21 x 29.7 cm) using the default format for text and margins at the top and the bottom of the page for Microsoft Word 97. 5. The title should be written on the first line of the first page, left justified in upper and lower case letters (20-points bold). The authors' names should be left justified two lines below the full title in upper and lower case letters (14-points). Affiliation and mailing address (including email) should follow left justified also in upper and lower case letters

6. Two lines below the author's name and affiliation start an abstract as the first paragraph of the paper. The abstract should follow the title, author's name, and mailing address on the first page (10-points) and must be up to 150 words. At the end of the abstract, skip a line and then, left justified, type "Keywords" (10-points bold) : followed by up to three (3) sets of words that describe the focus and contribution of the paper
(10-points). The first set of keyword must be one of the topics of interest
to JASS. Skip two lines and then begin the body of the paper (after an Introduction heading if required) immediately after the abstract. 7. All major headings are left justified. They are to be written in 12-points bold font and numbered consecutively followed by a period and the default tab, with Arabic numerals, e.g., 1. Introduction. Do not put a period after the text of the heading. Leave two lines above a major heading and one line before the start of the next paragraph or second-level heading. Subheadings are flush left in 11-points bold. There should be one line space before and after this level of heading. The paragraph should be numbered as a subsection of the previous major heading and the default tab e.g., 7.1 Subheadings. Sub-subheadings are flush left, in italics and in 11-points type. The paragraphs should be numbered as a sub-section of the previous subsection heading and the default tab e.g., 7.1.1 Sub-subheadings. There should be one line space before this level of heading and after this level of heading and the following paragraph. 8. The electronic version of the art should be included in the attached files and on the diskette, and it must be incoprorated into the word-processing file. Figures should be labeled in the text as "Figure x". Figure captions should be typed directly below the figure, in upper and lower case (11-points), and centred.
9. Table captions should be centered above the table. Tables should be included in the manuscript proper and referred to in the text as "Table x". 10. When numbering equations, enclose numbers in parenthesis ( ) and place them flush with the right-hand margin. Refer to them in the text as "Equation (x)".

11.	Papers should be written without the use of footnotes.
12.	Mathematical expressions and Greek or other symbols should be typed
using the facilities of Ms-Word 97 and must be written clearly with ample spacing. Use the widely accepted symbols and abbreviations following the style of BS 1991 Part 2 1954.
13. All papers should end with a conclusion which summarizes the value of the work end, where appropriate, indicates possible directions for future developments.
14. References must be indicated in the text by brackets [ ]. Identify references in the text of the paper by typing the corresponding surname (or first surname) and year in brackets e.g.: [Aauthor (1998)]. They are listed alphabetically at the end of the paper under the major heading "References"
(12-point bold font) left justified. List authors alphabetically by the
first letter of the first author's surname name. Book titles and names of journals should be printed in italics. Please adopt the following style for references :
Aauthor, A. (1998). Title of Book. XYZ Press, New York.
Bauthor, B. and Aauthor, A. (1999). Title of Paper. Journal vol. 3(2), 1-20.
Cauthor, C., Aauthor, A., Bauthor, B., and Jones, G. (1996). Title of
Paper, in Title of Book, (E. Editor, ed.). XYZ Press, New York, 47-82. For multiple papers in the same year by the same author(s): Bauthor, B. and Aauthor, A. (1995A). Title of PaperA. JournalA vol. 3(5), 1-20.
Bauthor, B. and Aauthor, A. (1995B). Title of PaperB. JournalB vol. 6(9), 56-80.
  1. If material has been published elsewhere, authors must obtain the consent of the earlier publisher. Authors wishing to use material from the JASS should consult the Editor-in-Chief.